The Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) is an internationally renowned center in experimental plant biology and forest biotechnology. UPSC hosts four national centers of excellence and is leading the Swedish conifer genome sequencing project. More than 180 scientists from 35 countries organized in 30 groups are working at the UPSC.
Postdoctoral position: Genetic modification of secondary cell wall properties in Populus
The postdoctoral position is within the strategic research effort Bio4Energy, www.bio4energy.se, which is devoted to bioenergy and biorefinery of lignocellulosic biomass. The work will be carried out at UPSC, where research on cell walls and wood biology is a particularly active area covering aspects of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and wood chemistry. This offers the successful applicant a unique opportunity to collaborate with others and to learn and be exposed to a large battery of methods and approaches. UPSC provides state-of-the-art platforms, including proteomics, metabolomics, cell wall and wood analysis, spectroscopy, microscopy and a poplar transformation service, which will ensure success in the outlined project.
The successful applicant will identify transcription factors binding to gene regulating sequences of enzymes involved in secondary cell wall formation of Populus. Bottom-up and top-down strategies, involving yeast-one-hybrid, ChIP and deep sequencing will be followed in order to generate mathematical models of gene regulating networks for wood formation and related processes. Candidate transcription factors will be functionally analyzed in Arabidopsis and Populus, with the vision to tailor wood properties to the needs of industrial processing.
The position is for the duration of two years and is immediately available. Applicants require a doctoral degree in molecular biology or a closely related discipline. Experience with the above mentioned techniques are of advantage. Furthermore, applicants should be proficient in English and should have the ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with others.
The application should include: (i) a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and your motivation to work on the given project; (ii) a CV; (iii) a publication list and (iv) names and contacts of at least three references. The application has to be submitted electronically as one file to the project leader, Dr. Urs Fischer, UPSC, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish Agricultural University, urs.fischer from slu.se. The deadline for submission is the 31st of May 2011.